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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings


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1: Why Not Just Genetically Engineer Women For Milk?

MAdGE (Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food and the Environment) today launched a highly controversial billboard campaign in Auckland and Wellington to provoke public debate about the social and cultural ethics of genetic engineering in New Zealand.

2: AU: Urge Nigeria to surrender Charles Taylor

African Union: Member states should urge Nigeria to surrender Charles Taylor to the Special Court on Sierra Leone

3: Images: Departing LOTR Stars Meet Their Planes

The Lord of the Ring's stars come face to face with themselves on the side of Air NZ planes as they bid New Zealand goodbye at Wellington Airport before boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and Arwen.

4: Manuel Valenzuela: The Ghost Of Orwell Is Upon Us

A rather sad state of affairs has risen out of the propaganda-laced, nationalism-spewing, draped-in-the flag-espousing and testosterone-filled Democratic National Convention that would have made Joseph Goebbels proud.

5: Bush Nominates Porter Goss as Director of CIA

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for coming. I'm pleased to announce my decision to nominate Congressman Porter Goss as the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Porter Goss is a leader with strong experience in intelligence and in the ...

6: UQ Wire: Michel Chossudovsky - Political Deception

Was it an ‘intelligence failure’ to give red carpet treatment to the ‘money man’ behind the 9-11 terrorists, or was it simply ‘routine’

7: Government about to make a monumental mistake

It is clear that policy makers, Government bigwigs, ostentatious self-promoting Mayors and general associated ignorami are about to make an error of monumental proportions. The mistake involves the gross misappropriation of public funds to build roading ...

8: The Libertarian Candidate for President

I've been interviewing all of the candidates from the local Sheriff to the national candidates on my television show, The Norma Sherry Show. On August 6th, my guest was Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian candidate for president.

9: Michael Moore's Media Critics Are The Liars

Most commentators in the Australian corporate media, whether the unashamedly hard-right terriers of the Murdoch empire or the “liberal” chihuahuas of the Fairfax press, have subjected Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11 to relentless attack.

10: Images: Lord Of The Rings Exhibition At Te Papa

In anticipation of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central instalment in writer/director/producer Peter Jackson's epic trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece, Te Papa proudly announces a world exclusive and a bold ...

11: Politically Manipulative & Totally Incompetent

The administration's recent exposure of the mole inside al Qaeda -- an incredible fubar accomplishment -- highlights what happens when everything is run by the political arm. To have sunk to such a nadir of faith in the honesty of the president's men ...

12: UK: Court Of Appeal Gives Green Light To Torture

Amnesty International is appalled by today’s ruling of the Court of Appeal that "evidence" obtained by torture is admissible in the UK.

13: Electricity and Gas Industries Bill 2003

Hon Pete Hodgson - Second reading: I move that the Electricity and Gas Industries Bill be now read a second time.

14: UQ Wire: 9/11 Summer Of Truth - 2004

What really happened on 9/11/01? Why did the U.S. chain of command go missing? Why no air defense response? What about early warnings from foreign governments? Who financed the attacks?

15: Nicolas Heidorn: The Real US Farm Subsidy Scandal

Something is definitely rotten on the farm. The General Accounting Office (GAO), Congress’s fact-finding agency, recently released a study of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s management of the farm subsidy program. The findings should horrify ...

16: Richard S. Ehrlich: Sobhraj Bikini Killer

BANGKOK, Thailand -- An alleged serial murderer known as "The Bikini Killer" who preyed on American, French, Australian and other backpackers in Asia, may be protected by a statute of limitations despite being arrested in Kathmandu, Nepal.

17: Debilitating Skin Disease In Afghanistan

With an epidemic of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Afghanistan threatening to escalate out of control without immediate action, the United Nations health agency today launched an emergency campaign combining drug treatment and insecticide-treated nets to curb ...

18: An Audience With ACT's Muriel Newman (Part 2)

Scoop dropped by the ACT offices in the hope of a free cup of coffee and a chance to get the inside running on ACT's welfare policies, by way of a chat with Dr Muriel Newman

19: Venezuela Opposition Looks to Washington For Hope

As Venezuela’s recall vote goes down to the wire, the country’s Washington-backed opposition is increasingly questioning President Chávez’ reallocation of almost $2 billion of state oil wealth to fund social ''missions'' targeted at his lower class ...

20: Families Say 9/11 Report Avoids Certain Truths

Victims' Families Say 9/11 Commission Report Avoids Certain Truths, But Makes Some Valuable Recommendations Interview with David Potorti, co-director of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, conducted by Scott Harris

21: Palestinian Farming Community Wiped From The Map

Israel Wipes a Palestinian Farming Community off the Face of the Map (In Self-Defense, Of Course) By Genevieve Cora Fraser

22: Congratulations to Australia and the United States

New Zealand congratulated Australia and the United States on achieving their trade agreement, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today.

23: Anti-Terrorism Costs Bring Caribbean to Its Knees

• The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code deadline expired on July 1, severely dimming trade prospects throughout the region. • ISPS requires all ships and ports to comply with a series of strict security measures. • Vessels ...

24: CARICOM’s Action on Haiti: Honor & Shame

• Whatever happened to Jamaican P.J. Patterson’s spunk? • Trinidad's Patrick Manning clamors to be in Uncle Sam’s pocket. • Barbados’ Owen Arthur strangely silent. • CARICOM all but ignores relentless persecution of Aristide’s political party and ...

25: UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds Letter To Thomas Kean

It has been almost three years since the terrorist attacks on September 11; during which time we, the people, have been placed under a constant threat of terror and asked to exercise vigilance in our daily lives.

26: Former FAA Special Agent Writes To Thomas Kean

I recently had an opportunity to review FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmunds’ open letter to you as Chairman of the 9/11 Commission and felt compelled to write in support of her observations.

27: Greg Palast: Venezuela Gets The Florida Treatment

Hugo Chavez drives George Bush crazy. Maybe it's jealousy: Unlike Mr. Bush, Chavez, in Venezuela, won his Presidency by a majority of the vote.

28: Inside A U.S. Election Vote Counting Program

Publication of this story marks a watershed in American political history. It is offered freely for publication in full or part on any and all internet forums, blogs and noticeboards. All other media are also encouraged to utilise material. Readers ...

29: John Cory: The Ghosts of War

It haunts us still. Three-and-a-half decades later, America cannot stop picking the scab of Vietnam. The wound has never healed and has now grown infected and poisoned. Plato said: ''Only the dead have seen the end of war.''

30: Richard Armitage IV by Sankei Shimbun Newspaper

MR. KASHIYAMA: My first question (inaudible) Constitution, Article 9 issue. The other day you met with Mr. Nakagawa. He explained that you mentioned Article 9 was some obstacle for the U.S.-Japan security alliance. I really want to know what exactly ...


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